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Child Prostitution

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century                                          

Argentine Republic (Argentina)

Argentina benefits from rich natural resources, a highly literate population, an export-oriented agricultural sector, and a diversified industrial base. Although one of the world's wealthiest countries 100 years ago, Argentina suffered during most of the 20th century from recurring economic crises, persistent fiscal and current account deficits, high inflation, mounting external debt, and capital flight.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Argentina.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false.   No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



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The Protection Project - Argentina [DOC]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

[accessed 2009]

FORMS OF TRAFFICKING - Along the border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, young prostituted children and adolescents can be seen on the streets of towns such as Puerto Iguazu (Argentina), Foz do Iguazu (Brazil), and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), and Puerto Iguazu (Argentina). In the region, close to 3,500 children below18 years of age are estimated to be victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Report on the Worst Forms of Child Labour Compiled by the Global March Against Child Labour [PDF]

The Global March Against Child Labour Resource Centre, 20 September 2004

[accessed 11 September 2012]

CHILD PROSTITUTION - The number of prostituted children is reported to be increasing at an alarming rate and their average age is decreasing.  Argentina has a well-documented child sex trade related to the thriving sex-tourism sector.  Argentina is one of the favored destinations of pedophile sex tourists from Europe and the United States.


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The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

[accessed 19 January 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Children in Argentina are involved in prostitution and sex tourism, and there are isolated reports of their involvement in pornography and drug trafficking. Children are trafficked to Argentina from Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay for sexual exploitation and labor.  Argentine children are trafficked from rural to urban areas of the country and there is some trafficking of children abroad, mainly into prostitution in Brazil and Paraguay.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 19 January 2011]

SECTION 6 WORKER RIGHTS – [d] CONAETI worked with unions and other groups to train rural child labor monitors, and with provincial authorities in the tri-border area with Brazil and Paraguay to address child sexual exploitation. In 2004 congress acknowledged that the country lacked sufficient inspectors and programs to detect child labor or to rescue exploited children.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, April 10, 2002

[accessed 19 January 2011]

[60] The Committee is concerned that the phenomenon of child prostitution, especially in big cities, is increasing. It further notes that, although a National Plan of Action to Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children was adopted in 2000, coordinated policies and programs on this issue have yet to be formulated.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action [DOC]

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – ARGENTINA – Argentina has developed a national plan of action against CSEC calling for six main areas of action: awareness raising and prevention; information and training; improving coordination through the strengthening of networks; strengthening the ability of children and adolescents to recognize situations where they are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation; legislation and legal procedures; and research. Within each area of action, there are specific objectives and activities.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

U.N. Economic and Social Council, Commission on Human Rights, Fifty ninth session, 6 January 2003$FILE/G0310090.doc

[accessed 29 March 2011]

[27] Sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography are criminalized under a number of pieces of legislation that give effect to relevant international obligations.  The National Counsel for Children, Adolescents and the Family implements a number of programs to assist children, including programs aimed at the prevention of domestic violence, maltreatment and sexual abuse of children; for the rehabilitation of victims; for the provision of legal assistance to child victims and to those in conflict with the law; to assist children to return home or to return to school, and programs to assist parents to learn about their responsibilities.

Report On The Worst Forms Of Child Labour - 2005

The Global March Against Child Labour, 2005

[accessed 11 September 2012]

MEET A CHILD - Fernanda Aguirre, age 13, was kidnapped into forced prostitution in Argentina, in July 2004 in San Benito, a town in the Northeastern province of Entre Rios. Fernanda's mother has come across evidence that her daughter fell into the hands of a prostitution ring. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $600. Although the ransom was paid, Fernanda never reappeared.

CHILD PROSTITUTION - Child and adolescent victims (of varying ages) of commercial sexual exploitation have been found within overt spaces for commercial sex: streets, service stations, plazas, and parks.  Victims of CSEC have also been found within covert spaces for commercial sex such as: saunas, brothels, whiskey bars, massage parlours, etc, within each of the cities studied by UNICEF.

Child Prostitution in Argentina

La Nación, May 13, 2001

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 13 September 2011]

Research undertaken for UNICEF Argentina has revealed an increase in the extent of child and adolescent prostitution in the country. While quantitative data remains elusive, the research concludes that the presence of young persons in the prostitution ‘circuit’ is not insignificant or merely isolated cases.

Child Prostitution

Shadow Villanueva, Founder, Darkness Against Child Abuse DACA

[accessed 29 March 2011]

The Ashgate report also says Argentina has a well-documented child sex trade related with the thriving sex-tourism sector. The CATW fact book says Argentina is one of the favored destinations of pedophile sex tourists from Europe and the United States.

Regional Governmental Congress on Sexual Exploitation of Children  [PDF]

María Orsenigo, National Council of Childhood, Adolescence and Family

[accessed 19 November 2016]

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Torture in  [Argentina]  [other countries]
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